New research has shown a link between gum disease and serious medical conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Considering the fact that almost 80 percent of the adult population over the age of 35 are likely to suffer from some form of the disease, it certainly calls for attention.
While gum disease can be attributed to hereditary factors in some people, it can also be a result of negligence or inadequate oral hygiene. Although it may seem to be entirely inevitable for some, there are still some simple ways you may consider to help you maintain optimal oral health and avoid the complications that come with gum disease.
Proper Oral Hygiene
Following a regular oral hygiene routine is perhaps the easiest way to keep gum disease and other oral health conditions at bay. It is recommended that you brush twice and floss once every day. Drinking enough water with your meals will also help you rinse out the mouth to avoid bacteria buildup. There are also mouthwashes specially formulated for managing gingivitis. Gingivitis is a less serious form of gum disease and often is a first step before the disease fully sets in.
Changing some daily habits will also be very important in preventing gum disease. Cutting out smoking will perhaps make the biggest difference. Smoking reduces blood supply to the gums while also staining the teeth. It’s not uncommon for smokers to have other gum health issues before gum disease sets in.
With your diet, stick to foods that promote gum health, including vegetables and fruits that are rich in vitamin C. Sugary drinks should be consumed with caution as they often set the stage for plaque and bacteria buildup.
Regular Dental Visits
Visiting your dentist at least twice a year will also help prevent gum disease. Regular visits will help your dentist identify risks before they become obvious to the naked eye. However, if you see any signs of gum disease, such as swollen, red, painful or bleeding gums, schedule a visit with Dr. Norman and the Dream Team right away.
If you are diagnosed with gum disease, your treatment may include deep cleaning and antibiotics, depending on the level of the condition. We’ll also advise you on the steps you’ll need to take to better your oral health after your checkup, cleaning and additional treatment is completed.
For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Dr. Norman at 425-366-7983.